Monk’s Dream is the first album by the well-known jazz artist Thelonious Monk with Columbia Records. Published in 1963, it is Monk’s best-selling album. Bye-Ya and Bolivar Blues were registered on October 31, 1962; Body and Soul and Bright Mississippi on November 1st; Sweet and Lovely, Just a Gigolo and Monk’s Dream on November 2nd; finally Five Spot Blues on November 6th.
Bright Mississippi is the only song on the album that Monk had not previously recorded. Bolivar Blues was originally called Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are, a passage in the Brilliant Corners album of 1957. Five Spot Blues was previously called Blues Five Spot and appeared for the first time in the Thelonious in Action album, recorded live at Five Spot Cafe in New York in 1958 and released for Riverside.
Monk’s Dream, Bye-Ya, and Sweet and Lovely were already recorded by Monk for Prestige Records in a 10-year session prior to the record.
Alto Sax (1,2), Tenor Sax (1,2), Baritone Sax, Trumpet in Bb (1,2,3,4), Trombone (1,2,3), Bass Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Bass, Drum Set.